Cape Agulhas is the southernmost point of Africa and is the place where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. The name, Cape of Agulhas (“Cape of Needles”), originated with the early Portuguese seafarers. They discovered that at this point the compass needle did not show any deviation between true north and magnetic north. The tip’s location is marked by a cairn that was erected in 1986.

The Agulhas coast has seen many ships come to grief in the area and the skeletons of more than 250 wrecked ships lie buried or half-buried in the waters.

Fauna And Flora

Whales: Every year, from June to November, schools of southern right whales choose the waters along the coastline to breed and nurse their calves.

History And Architecture

Lighthouse: The lighthouse at Cape Agulhas is the oldest in South Africa and was built in 1848. The lighthouse displays a strong influence of Egyptian architecture and is still in use. The Lighthouse Museum is also part of the building.

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